Personalities

Find out what Asia’s movers and shakers are up to ­– and how they spend their private time 
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  1. Indian sprinter Revathi Veeramani was about six years old when both her parents died from separate illnesses, leaving her maternal grandmother to care for two orphaned young granddaughters. Arammal Veeramani, 76, raised the family by earning a daily wage doing odd jobs at farms and brick kilns. Money was always tight, but she made sure the girls were able to finish their education and chase their dreams, even if it meant Revathi had to run barefoot. “I didn’t have any money to support Revathy…
  2. Rohit and Neha met while working in the same office in Noida, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. They fell in love, but Neha’s parents did not approve due to the couple being members of the same clan, which meant they were regarded as almost siblings. When Rohit and Neha decided to marry, her family refused to grant permission.So the couple – whose names have been changed to protect their privacy – married in a temple near their village last month and have been on the run since.Like many of…
  3. The number of Hongkongers moving abroad has increased in recent months: couples plan new lives overseas, grandparents wave goodbye to grandchildren, school seats are left vacant. As the city faces unprecedented political and social turbulence, some leave as migrants, others as asylum seekers. It’s heart-wrenching.On the other hand, many argue, the most underprivileged can hardly consider such options. Among them, there is a group that has long lived at the margins of society: hundreds of asylum…
  4. After months of political uncertainty, Nepal had a change of leadership last week in a move that analysts say could hit the reset button on the Himalayan nation’s ties with India and China.Sher Bahadur Deuba, 75, became Nepal’s prime minister for the fifth time on July 13 after his predecessor K.P. Sharma Oli was ousted by the country’s highest court.Oli, in power since 2018, had twice tried to dissolve parliament in recent months amid battles with senior leaders of his own party. Both attempts…
  5. Running a restaurant is never easy, but in Malaysia, where eating out is practically a national pastime, successful establishments have long thrived by virtue of their reputation and seen little reason to innovate.Then came March 2020 and the country’s first partial coronavirus lockdown, sending chefs and restaurant owners scrambling for ways to stay afloat – seeking aid from the government, rental relief from landlords and urgently looking to pivot towards food-delivery apps.Others saw…
  6. Singapore police on Monday said they arrested a 16-year-old Secondary Four student who will be charged with the murder of a 13-year-old schoolmate, with an axe seized as a case exhibit.The incident at the elite River Valley High School in Singapore’s western Boon Lay suburb sent shockwaves through the city state, which has one of the world’s lowest crime rates.Singapore teen charged with murder of 13-year-old schoolmate, remanded for psychiatric assessmentThe matter was first reported by local…
  7. Malaysia’s government, already under fire for its handling of the Covid-19 crisis, will cooperate more closely with the opposition as it implements a new road map for a progressive reopening of the economy, Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said in an exclusive interview.Tengku Zafrul last week held rare talks with leading opposition figures such as ex-prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, former finance minister Lim Guan Eng and members of the influential Parti Keadilan Rakyat – all of whom…
  8. Thai police on Sunday fired rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas at a crowd of over 1,000 people protesting against Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and his government’s handling of a fresh wave of Covid-19 infections. Thailand is experiencing a rebound in coronavirus cases, on Sunday reporting 11,397 new infections and 101 deaths. Public anger has mounted over the slow vaccine roll-out and an expansion of restrictions as partial lockdowns in Bangkok and nine other provinces fail to curb…
  9. It was a sunny spring afternoon last year when Tisiphone, 25, received a phone call from a male friend that turned her life upside down.“He told me that I was on Pornhub. Of course, my first reaction was that it must be a mistake. How could it be me?” said the Chinese woman, who asked for her details to be kept private and to be identified as Tisiphone – one of the Furies, the Greek goddesses of vengeance.When she opened the link sent by her friend, her heart sank in disbelief as she saw…
  10. Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, a former top lieutenant of ex-Malaysian leader Najib Razak, on Friday became the latest political figure in the country to be absolved of corruption charges after an appellate court quashed an earlier conviction.The former secretary general of the powerful United Malays National Organisation (Umno) was among the handful of top leaders – including Najib – who were put on trial following the party’s shock defeat in the 2018 general election.The party returned to power…